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Fort Hood reveals identities of 3 soldiers killed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 07:32
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The three soldiers killed in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood by another military man had served in the military for years and been deployed to Iraq as well as other places.

6 suspended amid Missouri school rape allegations

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 07:10
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Months after vowing to boost security at a Kansas City school where a student says she was dragged to a room and raped, district officials have suspended six employees amid new allegations from a 14-year-old girl who alleges a boy repeatedly raped her at school.

Remains found in 1988 ID'd as missing Arizona mom

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 07:10
PHOENIX (AP) — Skeletal remains found south of Phoenix in 1988 have been identified as an Arizona woman who disappeared more than 25 years ago.

Federal judge hears arguments in ND abortion case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 07:08
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Attorneys representing North Dakota's only abortion clinic asked a federal judge Friday to permanently block a law that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected, saying it would outlaw most abortions in the state.

U.S. federal judge sentences Florida pill mill doctors

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 07:05
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday sentenced a South Florida doctor to more than six years in prison on a money-laundering conviction related to prescriptions she wrote for thousands of painkillers to addicts and drug dealers. A jury in July 2013 acquitted Dr. Cynthia Cadet, 43, a retired U.S. Air Force major, and Joseph Castronuovo, 74, on charges that their roles in a chain of South Florida pain clinics led to the deaths of nine patients. But the jury convicted the two of money laundering for their role in the "pill mill" conspiracy. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra sentenced Cadet to 78 months in prison, while Castronuovo received 18 months.

California's senator Yee indicted on gun, corruption charges

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 07:04

Suspended California State Senator Leland Yee departs the U.S. courthouse following a hearing in San FranciscoBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - A prominent Democratic California state senator and gun-control advocate was indicted by a San Francisco grand jury on charges of corruption and conspiracy to traffic in firearms, according to court documents released on Friday. The indictment adds to the troubles facing state Senator Leland Yee, who was arrested last week and criminally charged along with two dozen others in the same case. Yee, 65, is the third California state senator to face criminal charges this year in separate cases that have cost Democrats a cherished two-thirds legislative majority in an election year and prompted them to cancel a major fundraiser planned for this weekend. Senate Democratic leader Darrell Steinberg, who has said that the charges against Yee "sickened" him, on Friday renewed calls for the senator to resign.

Robbers who threw loot out car window get prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 07:00
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two Southern California bank robbers who threw the loot out a car window during a police chase have been sentenced to long prison terms.

Lawsuit over American drone strikes dismissed by U.S. judge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 06:54
A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed against the U.S. government by the families of three American citizens killed in U.S. drone strikes in Yemen in 2011 but said their case raised serious constitutional issues. Judge Rosemary Collyer of the U.S. District Court in Washington threw out the case.

Rockies gray wolf numbers steady despite hunting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 06:37

FILE - This April 18, 2008, file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a gray wolf. A new population tally of gray wolves in the U.S. Northern Rockies shows their continued resilience under growing pressure from hunting, trapping and government-sponsored pack removals. State and federal agencies said Friday April 4, 2014, there were a minimum of 1,691 wolves at the end of 2013. (AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Gary Kramer, File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Gray wolves in the U.S. Northern Rockies are showing resilience as states adopt increasingly aggressive tactics to drive down their numbers through hunting, trapping and government-sponsored pack removals.

Geologist raised idea of removing homes from U.S. landslide area

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 06:33

A view of the fire station for the all-volunteer 15-person Oso Fire DepartmentBy Jonathan Kaminsky DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - A contractor who studied the risks to a rural neighborhood in Washington state wiped out by a mudslide last month made recommendations more than a decade ago that included possible relocation of homes elsewhere. News of the recommendations, made in a report for a Native American tribe with traditional fishing rights in the area, emerged as searchers scoured a pile of mud and debris for victims of the March 22 slide that left dozens dead or missing. About 30 people have been confirmed dead from the slide, which roared over the north fork of the Stillaguamish River and state Highway 530, engulfing about three dozen homes on the outskirts of the rural town of Oso in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Jim Miller, a geological engineer with GeoEngineers, said his company prepared a 2001 report for the Stillaguamish tribe that warned of a "significant risk to human lives and private property" at the slide site.

No clear security fixes for Fort Hood violence

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 06:30

Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, left,and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, right, talk to the media near Fort Hood's main gate, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Fort Hood, Texas. A soldier opened fire Wednesday on fellow service members at the Fort Hood military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)DALLAS (AP) — After three mass shootings at military bases in the U.S. over the last five years, security experts say the sad truth is that there is probably no practical way of preventing members of the armed forces or civilian employees from carrying guns onto big installations like Fort Hood.

Ga. Tech suspends fraternity for 'rapebait' email

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 06:28
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech is suspending a fraternity for three years after an investigation into a member sending an email with instructions for "luring rapebait" at parties fueled with alcohol.

NYC Cronut bakery shuttered over mouse infestation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 06:27

FILE- In this June 3, 2013 file photo, a baking crew makes Cronuts, a croissant-donut hybrid, at the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York. Officials in New York City state that have closed the bakery dure to a severe mouse infestation. An NYC Department of Health spokeswoman says the rodent problem requires professional pest control but the bakery can reopen after inspectors determine the problem is fixed. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say they've closed a New York City bakery famous for serving up delicious croissant-doughnut hybrid treats called Cronuts because of a "severe mouse infestation."

Operator who crashed train at Chicago's O'Hare is fired

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 06:27
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Chicago transit officials on Friday fired a train operator who dozed off and did not wake up until cars jumped the end of the track at O'Hare International Airport and ran part-way up an escalator and stairs, a spokeswoman said. More than 30 people were injured, though none seriously, when the Chicago Transit Authority train crashed early on the morning of March 24. The train operator, who investigators and the CTA did not identify, had been on the job for 60 days and admitted to dozing off before the crash, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The transit authority may terminate an operator for two serious safety violations under its contract with the union for those workers, CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase said.

Ex-LA deputy gets 9 years in prison for rape

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 06:21
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to nine years in prison for raping a woman while on duty and trying to get another to have sex with him.

U.S. judge refrains from making GM 'park' recalled cars

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 06:14

Surviving family member Leo holds a photo of his deceased daughter Kelly as his wife Mary Theresa holds up photos of Kelly's wrecked 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt, before start of Senate subcommittee in WashingtonDistrict Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos at a hearing in Corpus Christi, Texas, said she would need more time to study briefs submitted by attorneys for two owners of a recalled GM car and receive documents from the carmaker's lawyers. Since February, GM has recalled 2.6 million cars equipped with the switch. So far this year, GM has recalled a total of nearly 7 million vehicles, or about the same number recalled in the previous four years combined. GM has said it would take a charge of $750 million in the first quarter, mostly for the recalls announced in that period, including ones linked to the defective ignition switch.

'Verbal altercation' may have led to Fort Hood rampage: Army

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 06:10

A view shows the family home of U.S. Army soldier Ivan Lopez in southwestern Puerto RicoBy Lisa Maria Garza and Eileen O'Grady FORT HOOD, Texas (Reuters) - The suspected gunman at Fort Hood in Texas argued heatedly with fellow soldiers before going on a shooting spree that left three dead and 16 injured at the expansive U.S. Army base, a military investigator said on Friday. The suspected shooter Ivan Lopez, a 34-year-old soldier battling mental illness, then turned the gun on himself in the second mass shooting at the base in the last five years. "We do have credible information he was involved in a verbal altercation with soldiers from his unit just prior to him allegedly opening fire," Christopher Grey, of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, told a news conference, without offering further details. Investigators from the military, Texas Rangers and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have interviewed more than 900 people to gather details of the crime scene that played out over an area covering about two city blocks, Grey said.

NC judge denies Duke motion to seal coal ash docs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 06:10
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge on Friday denied Duke Energy's motion seeking to shield records related to groundwater pollution leaching from 33 coal ash dumps in the state while a separate federal criminal investigation is ongoing.

Harrisburg mayor spoke to grand jury on city finances

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 06:09
The mayor of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, said on Friday he recently testified before a grand jury investigating how the city's finances declined to near bankruptcy under its previous administration. Mayor Eric Papenfuse confirmed media reports that he had been subpoenaed and testified. He said the city was cooperating with Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office, including handing over documents. "I've never felt more confident that we will have accountability for Harrisburg," he was quoted by the Roxbury News as saying.

Ex-ethics chief in Ga. wins retaliation lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:56

With her testimony over, a relieved Stacey Kalberman (center), former executive director of the state ethics commission, gets a hug from her friend Terri Cohen in her lawsuit at the Fulton County Courthouse on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Atlanta. Closing arguments will start on Friday. Kalberman claims she was forced from her position as executive director of the state ethics commission after investigating Governor Nathan Deal's campaign. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUTATLANTA (AP) — Jurors awarded the former director of Georgia's ethics commission $700,000 on Friday, ruling in her favor in a lawsuit in which she said her salary was cut and a deputy removed for investigating complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.